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Robin Robinson - Citizen Columnist

Where did Dade County pine go? Less than 2 percent remains

What happened to it? There used to be 126,500 acres of pine rocklands growing Dade County pine on the ancient limestone ridge that developers craved for its flood proof height. Less than 2 percent, 2,300 acres, remain. Eighty-eight acres were slated to be sold by the University of Miami to developers who planned to build[…]

Neonics and pollinators explain why drunken bees get lost

At one point, 70 years ago, people knew where their food came from. It came from their own gardens or their neighbor’s gardens. Now, only 1 or 2 percent of people know where their food is grown.  Chemical fertilizers added to the soil wash down the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico, where they[…]

Watch the black running bamboo at the Key West Garden Club

The Garden Club thanks Susan and Bill Cardenas for the donation of the black bamboo that stands elegantly beside the new fountain. There are two types of bamboo, clumping or running. The impressive new plantings of black bamboo are the running type. That means that it shoots underground rhizomes that can travel as much as[…]

Twice as many plants available at this year’s Garden Club fall sale

Propagation at the Key West Garden Club has a tropical variety of both exotic and native plants for sale at West Martello on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23-24. Orchids are available from Sorea Orchid growers to delight the collectors of Key West. February, before their spring growth begins, is the best time to fertilize orchids.[…]

Local experts cure Irma-titus with variety of plants

Because so many gardens were destroyed with Hurricane Irma, the Key West Garden Club has altered its home tour to be a tour of the sunny, newly replanted West Martello gardens. The cost is $5. Individual experts, stationed in each garden will describe the nature of the garden and the plants within. The garden is[…]

Atmospheric soriee features enhanced garden photography

On Wednesday, Feb. 14, Nicholas Bergery and his Magic Lantern Lights will create verdant visual images of the gardens and the views of the atmosphere at West Martello’s Soiree from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. A veritable vision on Valentine’s Day is a seductive way to begin a romantic evening. The landscape photographs will take your[…]

Botanical painting: More than pretty flowers

The wide diversity of plant species slows artists to draw an infinite variety of the 300,000 plants already identified. Estimates are that another 100,000 are still undiscovered. Painting these species involves more than art, but includes history, culture and medicinal properties.  “As long as drawing has existed, artists have been interested in these images,” according[…]